Obituary for Norma Clare Leister Farlow
How do you even try to concentrate a life that has touched 81 years? Here are some insights into the amazing person and spirit that she was in her earthly time: Sit back and please have a cup of coffee. This may take a few minutes in this crazy internet driven world (which she embraced and grew to love so she could get the news, research her genealogy and access her family through email instantaneously!)
Norma Clare Leister Farlow was born in Texarkana, TX on July 2, 1936 and died peacefully in Houston on January 5, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Norman Leister and Dorthy Clare Buschow, her sister, Sarah Lynne Leister Shane, and her daughter, Cynthia Anne Farlow Crigler.
She leaves behind amazing family, friends, and support-Daughter Julie Lynne Farlow Grote (Donald Grote) of Fayetteville, TX, Siblings-Ellen Jane Leister Elwood (Rev. Richard Elwood) of Fredericksburg, TX, Dorthea Leister Lamb (Benjamin Lamb) of North Olmstead, Ohio, Johanna Leister Broaddus (James Broaddus) of New Jersey, Curtis Wynne Leister (Laurie Leister) of Beaumont along with their children-she loved to capture each and every accomplishment, accolade or heartache.
Grandchildren: Shannon Leigh Crigler Taylor (Michael Taylor), Jamie Clare Crigler Salgado (Oliver Salgado), Casey Anne Crigler Poche (Jeffrey Poche), Michael Frank Crigler (Taryn Crigler), all of Houston, Tx, Tyler Kincaid Grote (Michelle Ramsey Grote) of The Woodlands, TX, Colter Slade Grote (Kirstyn Krugman Grote) of Bee Cave, TX.
Great-Grandchildren: Zoe and Chloe Taylor, Vince and Lyla Salgado, Aidyn and Ali Poche, Nate and October Crigler, and Anna Grote.
Her family moved to Orange, Tx and she attended Lutcher Stark HS where she was “always Queen of something” FFA, School editor, Honor Graduate. As firstborn, responsibility was forever part of her personality. She graduated in 1954.
She attended TSCW (Texas State College for Women) graduated with a degree in Speech Pathology. During her time at TWU, she was a TESSIE-advocate for Women’s rights in the university setting and also the Redbud Queen of TWU as well as runner up for Aggie Sweetheart.
She married James Frank Farlow Jr on August 31. 1957. Their firstborn, Cynthia Anne Farlow, was born on September 19. 1958. She was quickly joined by her sister Julie Lynne Farlow on March 30, 1961.
Life turned it’s ups and downs and Clare and Frank divorced in the early 1970’s. Their family relationships and continuing roots stayed strong throughout the years to include Frank’s wife, Janet Leah Duffin and their 2 children, Alison and Katherine.
She loved to work and her employments ranged from selling Tupperware to working in all kinds of areas of business: Ladish Industries, Dresser Industries, Spring Branch Memorial Hospital, Dr. Ray C Ameen Family Practice (40 years), Marshall Fields and Niemann Marcus in Houston.
Exceptional friends-Dr. Ray C. Ameen, Lanell and Mark Eschberger, Mike and Edith Crigler. The many unsung angels that helped in our care at Memorial City Memorial Hermann Hospital Floor 4 East Tower and AMED Hospice-Thank you for taking care of my Mom.
Clare loved her dog, Max, and her kitty, coffee, books, Texas history, bluebonnets, genealogy, camels, the Houston Chronicle, long conversations, wicker baskets, Honey baked ham, current events, cookbooks, Tupperware, the internet, homemade tamales, politics, the Royal family, her precious grandchildren and family, special enjoyment teaching reading and phonics to her grandchildren. She left us saying that she wanted to write a book on education and reading, in particular. She said, “If you can read, you can learn”